Germany Facing Crisis of Confidence Over Covid Failures, Says President

Germany Facing Crisis of Confidence Over Covid Failures, Says President


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Germany’s president says the country is enduring a “crisis of trust” and urged people to “pull together” as they weather a second Easter amid pandemic restrictions and dissatisfaction over the government´s response.

In the text of an address to be broadcast Saturday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier conceded that “there were mistakes” regarding testing, digital solutions and vaccinations.

“Trust – in a democracy it rests on a very fragile understanding between citizens and the state: `You, state, do your part, I, citizen, do mine,´” he said. “I know that you, the citizens, are doing your part in this historic crisis. You have done much and you have gone without much.”

“Your expectation for those in government is, `Get it together.´”

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Steinmeier said the country had swung from self-satisfaction over lower infection numbers in the early stage of the pandemic to excessive pessimism today.

He urged Germans

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